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Guitarists by Last Name

We give you the last name of a legendary guitar player. You guess their first name. 🎸🎸🎸
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Last updated: December 3, 2019
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First submittedOctober 3, 2013
Times taken30,219
Average score58.3%
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Jimi
Hendrix
Eric
Clapton
Eddie
Van Halen
Carlos
Santana
Jeff
Beck
Les
Paul
Brian
May
Pete
Townshend
First
Last
Chuck
Berry
Duane
Allman
Keith
Richards
Frank
Zappa
Buddy
Guy
Bo
Diddley
Kurt
Cobain
Jack
White
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Last
George
Harrison
Tom
Morello
John
Fogerty
Trey
Anastasio
Ry
Cooder
Kirk
Hammett
Jerry
Garcia
Stevie Ray
Vaughan
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2013
Good quiz, but some of the names here don't belong on the same list as Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray, Jeff Beck....etc.
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Level 76
Jun 23, 2014
This a is a list of legendary guitar players. It never said they had to be good.
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Level 67
May 30, 2016
Yes they do. The blues is not the only guitar music that counts.
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Level 60
May 30, 2016
To be on a list of "Legendary Guitar Players" they just have to match two criteria: Are they a guitar player? Are they legendary? You can be legendary without being a "good" guitar player, however you want to define that.
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Level 73
May 30, 2016
You can or you can't?
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Level 51
Aug 13, 2019
by this logic the guy who made a guitar out of a toaster should be on here. as he is an absolute legend.
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Level 66
Jan 27, 2020
The fact that you didn't name him suggests that he doesn't.
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Level 62
Dec 2, 2013
Tried Dwayne....not Duane. Dammit
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Level 85
Jun 1, 2016
me too!!!
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Level ∞
Dec 3, 2019
Six years later... Dwayne will work now!
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Level 45
Dec 3, 2021
Dwayne "The Rock" Allman.
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Level 29
Dec 4, 2013
Where is Satriani or Vai, or even Laiho?
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Level 70
Apr 26, 2014
As much as I'd love to see it, Alexi's never getting on a general top guitarists list. Iommi at least should be there.
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Level 86
Mar 1, 2014
Steve Howe, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Donald Roeser... none of my favorites on that list.
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Level 75
Jun 1, 2016
As long as we're naming other greats, how about Django Reinhardt?
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Level 86
Jan 26, 2020
Well yes, that would be great. I don't like manouche jazz, but Django is legendary indeed, and that would feature a totally different style than all those rockers and bluesmen.
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2020
Django could beat everyone else on this list with two fingers tied together. :) Continuing with the outliers I'd also include Chet Atkins even though I know country music isn't popular with many on this site. Interestingly, Atkins said Reinhardt was one of his influences.
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Level 55
Aug 2, 2014
got them all no problem. where's bb king, jimmy page and alex lifeson?
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Level 84
Aug 27, 2014
Yngwie Malmsteen? :-)
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Level 54
Jan 26, 2020
Yngwie J. Malmsteen. The J helps distinguish him from all the other Yngwie Malmsteens out there...
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Level 88
Aug 29, 2014
I need to stop eating Ben and Jerry's....I saw Garcia, and my first thought was "Cherry!"
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Level 67
May 30, 2016
They came out with a different brand after he died: "Berry Jerry."
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Level 74
Jul 29, 2015
easiest quiz on the site
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Level 69
May 30, 2016
I'M NOT YOUR BUDDY GUY
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Level 67
May 30, 2016
I'm not your guy, fwend.
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Level 82
May 30, 2016
I'm not your fwend, buddy.
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Level 67
May 30, 2016
Dear crybabies,

As with every other "Name the great ___" quiz on this site, this is not intended to be an exhaustive list. A quiz listing every great guitar player would take hours. So not every guitar player is here, and maybe not even your personal favorite (how dare the quizmaker put this quiz together without consulting you!).

The quiz is fine as it is. Every name on here is a famous and influential guitar player. There are guys with killer chops, and there are guys like Cobain and Townshend who were hugely influential, if not renowned for their technique. They're all great. Not everyone needs Eddie Van Halen's technique to be great. There is a guy in every town in America that can tear through the solo to Freebird, but how many people wrote Nevermind? We're all proud of you for knowing who Joe Satriani is (and Robert Johnson, the patron saint of guitar know-it-alls). Now get over yourselves.

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Level 60
May 30, 2016
Hear hear!
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Level 81
May 30, 2016
I'd really prefer if the quiz had all my favorite guitarists. Can you make one of those for me? You know who they are, right?
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Level 58
Jan 16, 2017
Ha!
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Level 86
Jan 26, 2020
Trey Anastasio is not really that famous, is he?
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2020
What's wrong with initiating a discussion of others who might also deserve to be on the list? Not everyone has the same taste in music. It doesn't make us crybabies.
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Level 75
Jan 28, 2020
There's nothing wrong with discussing music and you might feel that the list should be more eclectic but no one "deserves" to be on the list - it's not a quiz of which musicians the compiler necessarily thinks are the best guitarists.
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Level 83
Jun 10, 2020
jmellor13 .probably the best comment ever on jetpunk .well said.
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Level 70
May 30, 2016
Paraphrasing here but when clapton was asked what it felt like to be the greatest guitar player in the world he replied that he didn't you know you would have to ask Prince.
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Level 62
May 31, 2016
if you dislike that your favorite guitarist is not on the list than you should make your own quiz.
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Level 70
May 31, 2016
Chet Atkins would be a good addition
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Level 40
Jun 1, 2016
I don't know about this list. Eddie Van Halen is great, obviously, but how can you have Eddie without Randy Rhoads or George Lynch? What about Angus Young? Kurt Cobain couldn't carry Joe Satriani's gear onto a stage. What about Steve Vai? What about John 5? What about Dimebag? What about Zakk Wylde? What about Tony Iommi? Having Jerry Garcia on a guitar list is like having Adolf Hitler on a humanitarian award. What about Prince? He was a ridiculous guitarist. What about a woman like Orianthi? What about Yngwie for God's sake? What about Marty Friedman or Michael Angelo Batio? Having Tom Morello on here in place of anyone I just listed is a joke.
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Level 67
Jun 2, 2016
Resolved that your are the coolest person on JetPunk. Now we can all move on.
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Level 58
Jan 16, 2017
So at what point does the quiz end? When every single person who ever picked up a guitar is listed? Or only the ones you like the most?
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Level 62
Jan 26, 2020
i doubt you could be able to do the stuff Morello does but ok
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Level 83
Aug 28, 2016
White could also be Bukka White, Clarence White, and probably nameless others. Those two are, I think, as legendary as Jack White, so they should at least be allowed as type-ins
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Level 44
Oct 14, 2017
never heard of those two, Seen Jack White probably ten times ..absolutely shreds the living S out of his guitar...amazing every time!
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Level 63
Jun 20, 2017
I missed Jerry Garcia. My dead-head card is officially revoked.
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Level 36
Jul 27, 2018
How about excepting Jimmie Vaughan as well as his brother Stevie Ray
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Level 84
Mar 30, 2019
I'm among the 15% who got Trey Anastasio. I wrote it as a joke answer for "Beck", thinking of Alex Trebek. Sometimes you get lucky.
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Level 84
Dec 11, 2019
Wow. Impressive. I had no idea who Trey Anastasio or Ry Cooder were/are. Guess I need to Google them.
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Level 43
Jul 6, 2019
Never knew Beck's first name
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2020
You might be confusing him with the one-named performer who wrote "Loser" and "Where It's At." That guy just goes by "Beck," and his full name is Beck Hansen. Jeff Beck is an English guitarist who was a big part of the 60's British music scene, and then he went solo, mostly working as guitar player par excellence with a focus on mostly instrumental recordings.
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Level 60
Jan 26, 2020
I understand it is not an exhaustive list, but including one female guitarist wouldn't have killed you.
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Level 86
Jan 26, 2020
I would really love to see many women in such a list. But can you name even one legendary female guitarist? Sadly, I can't...
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Level 52
Jan 26, 2020
ani difranco
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Level 86
Jan 26, 2020
I never heard of her so I don't know what to say... Legendary? I don't think so. Then of course, the problem may be that the quiz asks for legendary guitarists, which is subjective (almost meaningless in fact) and restrictive at the same time...
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Level 75
Jan 28, 2020
Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Courtney Love and Dolly Parton are a few you might be able to name.

Maybe not best known for guitar but they played, and they are legendary.

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Level 66
Jan 29, 2020
PJ Harvey
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Level 86
Feb 9, 2020
Yes, why not Mitchell, Harvey or Love (I've never seen Janis Joplin with a guitar but I may be wrong). They are all singers though, while most on the list are really mainly known as guitarists.
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Level 83
Jun 10, 2020
Nancy Wilson (barracuda riff ).
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Level 82
Jan 26, 2020
So.. Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, and Theresa May didn't get together for a jam session?
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Level 54
Jan 26, 2020
Just for kicks, decided to try Jimmie Vaughn first, but it didn't work of course... but he's a pretty good guitarist too. RIP Stevie!
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Level 49
Jan 26, 2020
Where the heck is angus young
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Level 52
Jan 26, 2020
sigh, where are all the women?
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Level 40
Jan 27, 2020
Page, Rhoads, Iommi, Blackmore.....Darrell??
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Level 61
Jan 29, 2020
Did you all ever heard of Paco de Lucía? Tárrega? Moraito? Tomatito? I guess those guys are on another league haha
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Level 20
Feb 4, 2020
i was so close with fogarty!! i wrote "jon", not "john" lol
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Level 83
Jul 19, 2022
I had a feeling Trey would have the lowest percentage. My handle on this site comes from a song he (co)wrote
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Level 67
Mar 29, 2023
Dave Mustain? Dimebag Darrell?
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Level 55
Jun 2, 2023
Kurt Cobain as a legendary guitarist?
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Level 67
Nov 27, 2023
should have included Dave Mustain and Dimebag Darrell. Best guitarists of all time.